$42.4 million earner Giannis Antetokounmpo’s “LeBron James is what Michael Jordan was to me!” enshrines the king as his deity
|Sat Aug 13 2022
Giannis Antetokounmpo might be atop Mount Olympus as per analysts, but the Greek God himself thinks LeBron “the King” James is above him.
Giannis Antetokounmpo might have been a dominant force in the league for the last five years. In fact, one can say he reached his pinnacle when he won the title in 2021, bringing a championship to Milwaukee after 50 years.
Despite that, and a broad acclaim by some of the world’s best media and analysts as the best player in the league, he himself professes that there is one above him.
Giannis gives LeBron title of world’s best player 🔥
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 12, 2022
Yes, according to Giannis, LeBron James is still arguably the best player in the world. In an interview with Marca, he confessed that James was his idol before he came to the league.
You can see the humble young boy from Greece as he talks fondly about what it was like to look up to LeBron and now to be talked of in the same breath as the King, is nothing short of a blessing.
Giannis is ever the humble guy as he talks highly of LeBron James, even showing a little hint of inferiority to the king!
In the interview they talk at length about various things, including his life in Greece, what it is like to play for the national team, etc. But what stands out is how Giannis is reverent of James.
The two have a lot of mutual respect for each other and according to the Greek God, he will be the first to know if LeBron James isn’t the best player in the world.
“Guys… 7 years ago I was looking up to LeBron… and be like that’s LeBron, how Jordan was for everyone? For me, that was LeBron”
– Giannis Antetokounmpo on the respect & admiration of LeBron James on & off the court pic.twitter.com/3U4xQsozlB
— 🤴🏿⁶ (@JP3Visualz) August 12, 2022
The Greek superstar might be pulling in a hefty $42.4 million this year but he still reminds us of the boy who sold trinkets on the streets of Athens. The humility he displayed to underplay his status is nothing short of remarkable.
Giannis says LeBron’s still the best player in the NBA: ‘We’ve got to give him more credit’
“It’s been a long time since I’ve said LeBron is the best player in the world. If even Nick Wright is underrating LeBron, then maybe we do need to give him more credit.” — @getnickwright pic.twitter.com/VLLK4aZKFj
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) August 12, 2022
We still believe the jury is out when it comes to declaring who the best player in the NBA is. It is subjective. For now and till the 2022-23 season kicks off, the floor is open, it is only a matter of who rises to the top and claims the crown.
As for Giannis, he has enshrined the King as his deity but soon, he might be coming for the throne.